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Uterine Prolapse - Early Warning Signs & Treatment options

Obstetrics and Gynaecology | Posted on 12/09/2022 by Dr. Namrata Gupta



Overview

The kind of surroundings we are living in these days have made us vulnerable to countless health conditions. It has become the need of an hour to make ourselves well-informed about different health disorders or conditions so that we can consider clinical assistance beforehand.

Uterine prolapse is one such condition that requires attention and treatment on time. This reproductive health disorder is becoming common among women. The alarming point is that according to studies, approximately 68% of females are expected to come across this condition at some point in their life. But, they are not aware of it and the reason is they can either be asymptomatic or aren’t at all aware of conditions like this.

However, the uterus prolapse condition is common and widely known, but important is how much you are aware of this condition?

So, are you experiencing the signs of uterine prolapse? If yes, then you may require treatment options to help you manage the pain and uneasiness.

In this write-up, we will not only discuss early warning signs of uterine prolapse and treatment options but also everything that you must know. So, make sure you stick to the end.

What is uterine prolapse?

Uterus prolapse is a reproductive health condition among females in which the tissue supporting the uterus begins losing strength. It occurs when ligaments in your pelvic floor including muscles begin stretching too much causing weakness. As a result, they fail to offer support to your uterus and it starts to slip out into the vagina. Females of any age can experience the problem, however, females who have had multiple deliveries in their life are more exposed to this disease.

What are the symptoms of uterine prolapse?

You must always be well aware of the reproductive conditions so that the right treatment is considered on time. Since uterine prolapse can be asymptomatic at times, however, there are some common uterine prolapse symptoms you must know:

  • You will always feel heavy in your pelvic muscles or there will be a sensational feeling which is not comfortable.
  • You will observe that tissues are protruding from the vagina.
  • Problems with the urinary tract are very common with uterine prolapse conditions. You will feel issues when emptying your bladder.
  • You don’t have a sufficient bowel movement.
  • Sexual concerns are also noticeable with this condition as you might feel a looseness sense in the vaginal tissues.

What causes uterine prolapse?

One of the primary reasons for uterine prolapse is the weakening of pelvic muscles and interruption of support tissues. Here is the most common uterine prolapse causes:

  • Pregnancy, mainly vaginal child delivery
  • Delivering large-sized baby
  • Obese women
  • Bronchitis or chronic cough
  • Heavy weight lifting
  • Trauma during childbirth
  • Chronic constipation
  • Low estrogen levels

How is uterine prolapse diagnosed?

When your healthcare provider suspects that you might be suffering from uterus prolapse, then he/she will conduct a physical evaluation that involves checking the pelvis.

It is important that you don’t miss out on anything when explaining the symptoms of uterine prolapse to your doctor. If you are experiencing urinary incontinence or face problems while emptying your bladder, then your doctor might initiate a cystoscopy. This will help in examining the urethra and bladder.

Your doctor might also recommend magnetic resource imaging. The process involves radio waves for creating pictures and uses magnets. It will allow the doctor to view all the organs related to your reproductive system.

Can you find the right treatment for uterine prolapse?

Yes, there is clinical and expert help you can consider if you are looking for the right treatment for uterine prolapse. Here are some treatment options your doctor might recommend you:

  • The doctor might give you a pessary to be placed. It will help in holding your uterus in the right place.
  • Surgery is also recommended in case your pelvic floor muscles are weak.
  • Hysterectomy or uterus removal is recommended in rare cases.
  • Your doctor might ask you to wear a support belt.

Tips for at-home remedies

You need to understand that uterine prolapse will not heal itself. So, there are some simple steps you can take to mitigate the risk and stop it from becoming worse at home. Here are these tips:

  • Include kegel exercises in your routine. Make sure to perform the activities in the right way. It will strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
  • Drink liquids as much as you can and include foods rich in fiber.
  • Coughing can force your pelvic floor to turn downwards and causes weakness in the pelvic floor tissues. Consult your doctor to manage chronic coughing.
  • You need to maintain a healthy weight and diet. Make sure to focus on the foods that you are eating. Studies, it is found that females who are obese are at a higher risk for uterine prolapse.
  • Make sure to use the right body mechanics when you lift heavy objects as it will worsen your uterine prolapse. Don’t repeat lifting heavy objects after pelvic surgery or childbirth.

Conclusion

Uterus prolapse is a condition common in females but not every woman is aware of the problem. It can be symptomatic and asymptomatic at times in some women so it becomes difficult to diagnose the condition. If you think that you might have this condition, then make sure to visit your doctor at the earliest. However, symptoms might differ on how far the uterus has slipped from its place. This condition can be quite uncomfortable so ensure to speak to your doctor. There are treatment options that will make you feel better and affect organs.

Key points to remember

At last, here are some key points for you to remember:

  • Uterine prolapse condition occurs when there is a weakening of muscles and tissues in your pelvis.
  • It causes your uterus to slip down into your vagina
  • The most common uterine prolapse is lower-back pain, urine leakage, pelvis fullness, vaginal bulging, and constipation.
  • The usual treatment options for the condition are lifestyle changes, surgery for uterus removal, and a pessary.
  • You can prevent the condition by losing weight, eating a high-fiber diet, quitting smoking, abstaining from alcohol, and doing kegel exercises.

FAQs

Does uterine prolapse cause bleeding?

Yes, as the condition advances, you might experience vaginal bleeding. However, if there is a minor prolapse then you might feel pelvic heaviness or lower back pain.

Can uterine prolapse cause blood in urine?

It is found in a study that women had stage 2-4 pelvic prolapse are more vulnerable to being diagnosed with AMH. If you have uterine prolapse and haven’t considered taking treatment, then you can experience blood in the urine at any point which may also involve hazardous underlying disease.

How to treat uterine prolapse naturally?

The natural uterine prolapse treatment involves:

  • Eating high-fiber foods and drinks
  • Restrict heavy-lifting
  • Don’t bear down during bowel movements
  • Ensure controlling coughing
  • Lose weight
  • Refrain from smoking and alcohol